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Nov 28 2020
Sredfield
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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A little hike with the AZT Segment Steward to check on Oak Spring, which was reported as dry. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. The trough is full of cold, clear water with a good trickle running over. Met a local--and HAZ--neighbor, and saw another hiker and a runner. Also did a couple hours of brushing before heading back. We'll take a power brush cutter in to work on it some more.

We saw some serious dozer clearing near Bradshaw Tank. First thought was that the grazing permittee had cleaned out the tank but not so, so the next guess was that it was part of the Polles Fire preparation from last summer.

Another great day on the AZT.

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Tank full and overflowing.
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Nov 12 2020
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Thursday a small but loyal crew assembled to install a gate and a couple AZT reassurance signs on the new alignment of Passage 25, southwest of Pine. Over two-miles of the 7+ have been built by machine, and almost as much within the Mazatzal Wilderness is complete.

The big issue with this area is access, ~two miles is over a very rocky and rough road that takes just about an hour to traverse in granny-low and you want good tires.

The gate was the priority. Two of us had staged it and the concrete on-site Wednesday so all was ready when we finally got there. Rocks slowed the process a bit but all went well if a little slow. Farm boy Gordon offered a technique for attaching the fence wires that worked incredibly well, something that has been a problem through 80+ gate installations!

Driving those roads was so tedious we opted to use the tracked hauler over the new trail to get to the mile-distant sign site rather than spending another hour in the vehicles. This meant we had to rake out a mile of the machine tracks on the way back.

As we were installing the second reassurance sign a large Basset dog showed up, out of nowhere. We watched for her owner to arrive but no such luck. Since we had cell service I posted a “found dog” notice and photo on the local community page.

Shadows were getting long as we loaded everything into the vehicle and trailer—including the dog on Roger’s lap—and started the hour-long crawl back to civilization. By the time we got to town the dog’s owner was located and she picked Rosie up; apparently Rosie has quite a reputation for wandering off and activating the local lost-dog alert system.

Another fine day on the AZT, thank you Richard, Gordon and Roger for a very long and productive day.
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Oct 05 2020
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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USFS Payson Ranger District has partnered with several private organizations to pursue major improvements to the Highline and Pine area trails. As some of the before-the-action work, the new routes have to be cleared by an archeologist. I spent Monday and Tuesday leading him over the re-alignment routes. Much of the proposed routes are through nearly-impenetrable brush, making for slow going and some interesting “hiking.”

Monday we went up the Red Rock Spring route, then east over several proposed routes, exiting at Geronimo. Tuesday we accessed the Highline above Bray Creek Ranch, went east to North Sycamore Creek then backtracked to Bray Creek and continued west to Geronimo.

We found one “site,” a lithic scatter. A white rock lying among a sea of red ones proved to be a scraper. Several flakes were found nearby. I now know what a “bi-face” is—a rock worked on both sides intended to become a point. We found a couple, which excited the archeologist somewhat.

With luck and perseverance, the clearances will be complete next spring and the involved organizations can start applying for grants to get the work done. It’s all sort of a BAG, as in big audacious goal, but it starts somewhere.

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Trickle and small pool.
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Sep 16 2020
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
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The Arizona Trail Association contractor broke ground today on the realignment to remove the trail from roads and powerline R's/W. It's been on the wish list for decades. With the help of a grant from AZ State Parks it's becoming reality. The eastern two miles are not in the Wilderness so a machine is giving the whole project a great jumpstart. Youth crews will start soon on the 4+ miles in the Wilderness.

The rocks were so intimidating but the machine found the path and new trail just unrolled behind it. A little rock raking and it's ready for use. Hopefully COVID subsides in time for a great spring NOBO season. This will keep the trail in Wilderness and wilderness condition for another good stretch, with the first road walk (vs road crossing) one encounters north of Mt Peely being the two-track on the south edge of Pine.
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Sep 05 2020
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Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
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A full day working on signs along the Cabin Loop/AZT portion of AZT Passage 27. After adding a regulation sign at General Springs we felt we needed to replace the next one north, where the AZT heads north and the Cabin Loop stays in the canyon. And while doing that why not add a steel AZT emblem sign to make sure everyone knows what that other trail is? Boy Scout Jack from Peoria Troop 529 wanted some service hours so we roped him and his family into the project.

The crawler/hauler made getting tools and signs to the site possible, even though we nursed it down and back up the rocky switchbacks. We tried out Home Depot's foam post set mix, seemed to work ok except for the supposed mix-n-the-bag feature. But we brought two bags along and made it work on the second try. Not quite like 120 pounds of concrete but it will probably hold the post upright for many years to come.

Several sets of backpackers came by while we worked. I can only imagine what they thought when they heard the jackhammer, but we didn't run it for very long.

Thank you Roger and the scouts.

Another great day on the AZT!
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Jul 11 2020
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Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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We made a very warm excursion to the Babbitt Ranch passage this weekend to install signs and bike rollovers on the new route. The route is nearly complete, this iteration of it anyway, more to come in time. It's not officially open but most of it is usable for bikes and pedestrians now. Equestrian gates are yet to be installed.

We installed two bike rollovers and three signs. I'm pretty sure the temperature was well above 90--a little warm for trail work. We spent the night and Tracy got some great photos of the comet.
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Jun 18 2020
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Anderson Mesa - AZT #30Camp Verde, AZ
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A group of hardy volunteers replaced a couple more gates on the AZT yesterday. These are on Passages 30 and 31, near Marshall Lake TH. It's always fun to tear out some cobbled up mess of several iterations and replace it with a clean, permanent solution that will last almost forever. Thanks to Gordon, Mike, John, Roger, Richard, Mel, and Daniel.
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May 30 2020
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Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
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After several reports of deadfall near Wild Horse Tank on the new Happy Jack AZT passage, we decided to make a day of it and go remove them. We left Pine around 7 for Bargaman Tank area, then the rock crawling began. Granny-low for 30+ minutes and we were at Wild Horse Tank, ready to head out.

The new trail is awesome! Smooth singletrack through the pines and junipers. We knew where to look for the deadfall, as the trail passes through a few burn areas. We cut 16 over the 3.2 miles to the Daves Tank area, where the trail crosses an open meadow that sure looks ideal for growing potatoes.

We saw four bike riders, which seems like an excellent way to see this passage since there are no serious hills on the entire route.

Anothe fine day on the AZT!
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Apr 19 2020
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
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All Highline All the Time

The FS Payson Ranger District is targeting the Highline Trail for development into a major outdoor recreation facility. Towards that end, we’ve been working on the AZT/Highline Passage 26 over the last couple months.

Brush Cutting—Six days of socially-distanced solo brush cutting with a power tool cleared 1.1 miles near Pine Spring. We found a handy path off the Control Road, up FR1138 and then an animal trail to get up there without the torturous Red Rock Spring trail, and have been up and down that way many times. Trails look quite different with a fresh haircut.

Deadfall—Three of us stretched the rules just a little and met up at Geronimo TH to walk in a mile and a half to cut 5 deadfall and restore a short section of trail that was rerouted around some ancient large deadfall. The tread was there under the trees and through the brush. We cleared it and it’s all open now. A trio of thru-hikers were the first customers as we worked it.

Geronimo Spring Washout—The trail is on an ancient road where it crosses a perennial drainage just below Geronimo Spring. The culvert was plugged and the drainage was head cutting up alongside it. ATA found funding to do the repair up right, which happened this past week.

The old road to the site through Camp Geronimo was completely blown out into a deeply incised ditch and had to be reshaped in several places. Then tons of very heavy rock, moved from Washington Park (why they were dumped there a couple years ago remains a mystery) were hauled to the Camp maintenance yard and ferried in via a large skid steer loader. Watching Rob, ATA’s omnipotent machine operator-metal fabricator place these 150+-pound boulders with a mini-excavator is mesmerizing. The excavator is like a fifth limb! An ACE conservation corps crew was on hand to help with the handwork and to rebuild the drainage structures up the switchbacks above the trailhead. We’ll know after the coming heavy rains how it works.

Routing and Scouting—Several days of scouting between Pine and Washington Park has identified the areas for rerouting and maintenance-some of which will be significant. The FS plan is to group these efforts into one large project and do the clearance and archeology work for the Highline and some trails around Pine all at once. While the Arizona Trail Association is focused on the portion from Pine TH to Washington Park, other folks are continuing the effort east. Then we have to find the funding and get it done. Whether volunteer construction will be an option depends on how the COVID-19 issues play out. It’s pretty hard to keep your social distance on a group trail construction project.

Many fun days on the AZT!
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Mar 08 2020
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
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Several folks have complained/commented about the brush encroachment problem on the Highline/AZT near Pine Spring. Some years ago the Arizona Trail Association won $10k based partially on a video about volunteering, and my cut of that windfall was a power brush cutter. (Imagine a weed eater but where the whirling string should be there is a circle saw blade.) The machine is made to order for the Highline situation.

But first you have to get the machine to the problem, in this case up the Red Rock Spring trail (mile 1) then east along the trail to a bit short of Pine Spring (mile ~2). At probably 25+ pounds of machine, fuel, blades, etc. it took some doing. Not at all certain I could get it done, I didn’t involve anyone else and thus avoided any possible embarrassment in case I had to bail out.

The first attempt went quite well, so two weeks later we were back, this time about a mile east of where we ended the first week. Access was again a concern, so we explored FR 1138 and then a quarter mile of bushwhacking to the trail. Saturday morning we went high but returning at the end of the day we followed a drainage and discovered either an ancient cowboy trail or a very well used game trail that follows along the drainage, which made things much easier for Sunday.

Access challenges aside, once on site the power brusher is an awesome machine. The routine is to cut like mad for a tank of gas, then clear the cut brush with a pitchfork, repeat. The blades are good for about half the day assuming you don’t get them in the rocks too often.

Sunday morning I had just started the machine when two backpackers came around the corner, startled by the noise and with eyes like saucers, looking at me in full regalia—the running machine hanging from a shoulder strap harness, a hardhat/face shield/ear muffs, and a pitchfork.

The photos aren’t exactly before-and-after’s but they do illustrate the near-immediate, dramatic improvements that can be made in a few hours.

More fun times on the AZT.
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Feb 26 2020
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Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
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Three of us spent the day clearing cat claw about three miles south of the Bushnell gate. The recent rains really stirred things up along Sycamore Creek, necessitating some wayfinding through the debris. South of the creek the trail is a gully for half a mile or so; this is a candidate for realignment. Too many bandaids have been applied here and they don't last. The trail should be moved to where there is some side slope. This will go on the "someday" list.

We hiked past the super gate to where Steward John had worked last and made our way back north, cutting the catclaw as we went. I first worked this area in 2012, and I'm sure I recognized some of those stubs down in the bushes. Things grow in the desert when they get water.

The cool breeze kept the lunch break by Boulder Creek, which was flowing nicely and loudly, pretty short. Then a couple more hours work till we finished up and made our way back.

The flooding has destroyed the road just south of Sycamore Creek. We'll see if it's going to be rebuilt, yet again. Seems it blows out with just about every significant rail.

Another fine day on the AZT.

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Water running everywhere, and at 7:30 AM the stepping stones across it were icy.
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Feb 13 2020
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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
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The former DPS site on old Highway 87 is being developed into an access point for trails and ATV routes, so we checked out the Black Ridge route nearby. “Mazatzal” posted the HAZ route so he was the guide for the day. We also wanted to clear the deadfall hikerdw reported.

We headed up the horse trail out of the west side of the site, up the powerline road a short way, onto the AZT, then left and UP. Lots of steep “up” right out of the chute, then some more, steeper “up,” and finally up some more over really rocky trail. This appears to be an active cattle trail, and horses have used it, but it’s pretty sketchy in a few spots. We broke out on top for a short way, then into and out of some deep little valleys, one being a very cute box canyon. Then up again and Brunson Tank, a little spot of blue water in the wilderness, came into view. There’s an old road of sorts to the tank; maybe it is just the dozer line from when the tank was built. This turns northeasterly and drops precipitously over rocky incline and makes its way to rejoin the AZT.

The two deadfall were about a half-mile north so we slipped and slid along the muddy trail. Two saws made quick work of the downed trees. They were burned in the 2012 fire, so they took nearly 8 years to fall over.

We headed back along the AZT and lo and behold, a bonus tree. This large, freshly-fallen AZ Cypress (?) was across the trail and we were there with saws, so the mission was clear. This one took much longer than the other two, but it’s done now. If it was near a road it would make an incredible signpost, much better than a *%$&!! treated 4x4.

Then on our way, taking a brief moment to admire some outstanding rock work that reinforces the short switchbacks where the trail drops to the stream bed.

Another fine day on, and near, the AZT.
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Jan 18 2020
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
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Went up Red Rock Spring Trail #294 along the AZT / Highline scouting a couple potential realignments, then on into Pine TH. Nothing beats being on the ground (or in the thick brush), neither project looks high priority but maybe in time . . .

Trails are drying out slowly but surely. Saw water in all the drainages, especially the little stream about a half-mile east of Pine. Great day for a hike.

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Jan 15 2020
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Red Hills - AZT #24Payson, AZ
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More sign work today, to finish what we started last summer. We missed an ancient trail sign near the gate at LF Ranch last time out so we got it today. Signs make one humble.

An additional task was to collect a GPS track of the shortcut route along the river. This cuts off a bunch of road walking and considerable up and down between the Doll Baby Wilderness gate and the AZT near the LF Ranch. It's not a well-maintained thoroughfare, but if you keep your eyes open you can follow it, electronic navigation helps though. The section that is the old road at Tub Draw is very steep and rocky.

More AZT fun. Thanks Richard, Roger, Joe, Maryann, Noodle and the two dogs!
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Jan 09 2020
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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
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The Woodbury fire destroyed a great many things, some of which were the trail signs. Given the rapidly growing use of the AZT, the seriously altered landscape and the popularity of the AZT route through the Superstitions in general, replacing those signs is an Arizona Trail Association priority.

Volunteers have been working on replacing the burned and deteriorated signs for several months, and these efforts "hit the ground" today when they installed the first five signs (three posts). Three hardy souls replaced the Wilderness sign at Rogers Trough and the trail signs at the Pinto Trail junction and the Rogers Canyon junction.

As always, the road in was a challenge, being much rougher than in previous times over it, and with a couple white-knuckle spots where it crosses side drainages. Hopefully the FS gets out there soon before there'is a tragedy. It's passable now but conditions will only continue to deteriorate with rainfall.

The work went well; it just took a long time. We harvested what posts were available-heavy oak logs near Rogers Trough and a perfect juniper post near the Rogers Canyon Junction. Then dig the post hole, drill holes in the post and signboard, bolt the signboards on as level as the eye can make them, and set the post, tamping it solidly because a wobbly post just won't do. A youth crew arrived to work on the blowout below Reavis Pass so we pressed them into dragging the heavy oak post the last few hundred yards to the Wilderness sign--thank you!

The rain teased with a few sprinkles as we loaded up and made our way down the mountain; Roger (Scatt Daddy on HAZ) nursed a low tire along successfully, and we finished up well after dark. That's a half-days work in volunteer time (12 hours).

Still several signs to go, and none of them close to vehicle access, several more half-days remain.

It was heart-wrenching to see the destruction from the fire and floods, but it'll come back, and there is no choice but to deal with it.

More fun on the AZT. Thanks Roger and John, always a pleasure.
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Dec 11 2019
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The northern contingent of the Arizona Trail Association Usual Suspects ventured out for a look-see at Cottonwood Canyon and some sign installations.

Three of us walked in a couple miles trail-north of FR83 to see what the post-fire flooding, and recent youth crews in the area, had done. The flooding really did a number on the narrow confines of the canyon, rolling the rocks around and cutting the banks. BUT the work done by youth crews last year and recently held up very well. The crews moved much of the trail out of the creek bottom onto the side slopes (where there is some) and built some amazing rock structures at the creek crossings. Our crew cut some thick brush to extend the effort a few hundred feet.

Task B was to replace the burned Wilderness sign and a trail sign at Two Bar TH, which the adventuresome guys did, I’ve sworn off being involved with that road and a vehicle. We then made our way to Campaign TH to replace the falling-apart Wilderness sign. That got to be quite the adventure, as the area received two inches of rain Monday. It was sketchy in places but we felt reasonably safe following fresh dozer tracks down the flowing washes and along the steep roads. Then we met the dozer. More sketchy road ahead with some wash crossings that exercised the circular muscles, but we finally made it to Campaign TH. The broken-down sign was a few hundred yards ahead.

After all that, someone had beat us to the punch, the sign was all put back together and expertly rebuilt, sure to last at least a few more years. We’ll find another place for the new one.

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Some flow and pools down in the canyon.
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Nov 25 2019
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Last February a band of AZT volunteers disassembled four shade ramadas in an unused campground at Roosevelt Lake for use elsewhere along the Trail. They were installed when the dam was raised in the 1990s and disprove the adage “If you build it they will come.” So the FS put them up as excess property available for use by other public entities. The Arizona Trail Association latched on to four, two for use at the Pine TH and two for a new trailhead in the works near Sahuarita Road south of Tucson.

Many of the same volunteers completed the re-installation this week. Several weeks ago they dug and poured the concrete footings at the Pine TH. The ramada parts were stored at the Payson Ranger District complex where last week volunteers prepared them—stripping old paint and primer painting them. This week the final coat of FS Brown was sprayed on. Then it took several careful trips to move them to the Pine TH without too many paint dings. The grand finale was Monday with reassembly, just before winter weather.

The ramadas are part of extensive remodeling of the Pine TH. A local trails group is improving and upgrading the trailhead with a 0.4-mile hard-surface trail around the property, a fire ecology demonstration program and rehabilitation of areas damaged by vehicle and camper use.

Many thanks to the band of usual suspects who continue to improve the trail!

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Aug 22 2019
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Kaibab Plateau Central - AZT #41Northwest, AZ
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The Arizona Trail Association returned to the Arizona Strip for more log fence building at the AZT trailheads. We rebuilt the ones at Orderville and East Rim View TH's last year; this time we rebuilt the fences at Murry Lake and FR610 trailheads.

With lessons learned last year things went quite smoothly, in spite of some supply issues with the logging company that provided the logs. Tons of hot air were expended discussing which way the big end of the logs went, but it did not come to blows. The third day we rebuilt 190 feet of fence in two hours, yet again reaching a level of proficiency at something we are quite ulikely to ever do again.

Thanks to the great FS staff and the hardy crew of Usual Suspects, and a few newbies.
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Miscellaneous AZT chores today, including two signs, one at the LF Ranch and one at General Springs. A bit toasty as we left LF, 102 on the T thermometer. Yes, we drove in and were indeed Wilderness "legal" as guests of the LF Ranch. Not sure if I'd rather drive that road or walk it.
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Second chore of the day, replacing the trail sign at General Springs. We replaced the register box and message board a few weeks ago. The rain held off until we finished.
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